Electric Karma

4.5
272 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
In the heart of West Hollywood, California, upscale Indian restaurant Electric Karma is popular with both celebrities and neighborhood locals, who praise the authentic Punjabi cuisine prepared with unconventional flair by owner and chef Paramjit Singh. The management and staff are on a first-name basis with regular customers, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere to match the backdrop of Electric Karma’s romantic, open-air courtyard and candle-lit dining room. At night, films of Indian beauty Ashwariya Rai and other Bollywood stars are projected silently above the main dining room to the ambient sounds of world or house music, giving the restaurant a Hollywood hipster air. Electric Karma’s heated courtyard is ideal year-round for both intimate, private gatherings and special business occasions. Appetizers include traditional vegetarian samosas seasoned with tamarind and sweet tomato chutney, pakoras fritters, sambar soup and cheese naan with mango chutney.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 272 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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Laura0607
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Restaurant was unable to serve us despite making a reservation online. I guess this was due to limited COVID staff. It would be helpful to shut the booking system down on days where no on-site staff is available though. I still want to come back and try out the restaurant, as it had been recommended to me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Showed up on time for my reservation and there was 1 employee eating food behind the counter in the front of the restaurant.

I said I had a reservation, and he said “oh no were closed” - yet all the doors were open to the restaurant.

Strange little interaction, was disappointed none the less because I had driven 45 minutes to the restaurant.

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Emily
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food. Kind of slow service but I would def go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service great! Fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Electric Karma never disappoints! Food the ambience the service— everything. We love dining there!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved this place, the food was definitely a combination of authentic and some items had a American spin on them. Definitely will be going back!

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KylieV
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my experience at Electric Karma. The ambiance is such a vibe, kind and friendly staff, and the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & staff was top notch & the food was flavorful & cooked perfectly Will definitely make regular visits

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, very kind staff, great food, beautiful ambiance.

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JenniferK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our reservation for a bday dinner was @730pm. We got there on time and walked into an empty restaurant and no one came out to greet and seat us for 10-15minutes. A guy with his mask hanging under his chin chomping on food walked out and said he will grab the owner to seat us. We walked out and said no thank you. First impression is everything and that whole experience turned us off and did not make us feel like we want to celebrate a bday there. Too bad tho wanted to support small/local business for the bday before the city went back into lock down mode.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Beware the tables in the back courtyard are not socially distanced. They attempted to seat us between a party of eight and a table with two literally shoulder to shoulder. I don’t know how this restaurant is doing this during a pandemic. In the end we walked out. Awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The kitchen was closed when we arrived.

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HarmanR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you know Punjabi food and love Indian food in general. This is the place to go. The atmosphere, the server, and the chef are just wonderful. I came with my girlfriend for a night out and left with a smile on my face. Being Indian/Punjabi, it's hard to find really good Indian food that feels like it was made at home. This place exceeds expectation and makes you feel like when you were a kid and you're Mom or Dad gave you your favorite dish. I appreciate and support businesses during COVID and would encourage for people to order take out or dine in to this wonderful place.

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vipNataliaD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Electric Karma is a hidden gem in LA! The best undiscovered restaurant. The service is amazing, the food is to die for and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re at a friends house for dinner. And, they sent us away with the best souvenirp ever ;)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great!

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vipMaxM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Something about this place has declined, sadly. Food still tasty, but service is non-existent and atmosphere is dead.

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vipKellieAnn
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had an Open Table Reservation yet after seating us, we didn’t see a waiter for 35 minutes - I was visiting town and out with my sister, so we were catching up, but it was a ridiculous amount of time to wait for a glass of water and a menu!! Then our food took so so very long -
They seemed to only have one waiter - whom didn’t know who he sat in what order .. a total mess!
I feel bad because I really wanted to like it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

It was very cold inside and the portions were tiny but the food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a great experience.

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vipGoog
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We love the food and ambiance here and usually the service is fine. For some reason this time, both servers could barely bother taking our order/ bringing our food and one dish never did arrive. When I finally told them to please cancel it, the waiter gave me major attitude. There were six of us, but when we arrived for our early 6pm rez there was only one other family party who were basically done, so no reason for the bad service. Disappointing, tho our friends loved the food.

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HarveyC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went out on a limb and surprised my partner with dinner here. It was refered to me by open table and it was a success. The place has an authentic Indian feel to it. The food was absolutly mind blowing. I am gluten free and they have endless gluten free options along with vegitarian options. There is also a back patio that you sit on the floor to dine at the table. There are cushions for your back so they make it very comfortable. I highly recommend this place for great Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great. Service was snail paced & the server a bit rude. Restaurant was very cold. Still, I’ll go back because the food was so good. I’ll just be prepared next tume

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NatalieS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian food i've ever had in LA. Great service, great atmosphere!

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cesd
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great location, cute place, polite service. Food was tasty, but the Mattar paneer left something to be desired. Was shocked on the way out to notice they had a B rating from the health department. That’s not good and should be fixed immediately. Would return if they go back to an A.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Very attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a Thursday night and there wasn’t too many people there. Food was good, but could have been more spicy. Service was great and prices were on point.

Electric Karma
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the great feedback. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your experience. We will take your points into consideration and attempt to create the best possible experience in the future. We hope to serve you again soon!

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vipJenniferE
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing dining experience. The ambiance and food is just so great

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MAKIA422
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Always be my favorite Indian place!!!It was my husband’s first time here and we both Loved everything we had! Wish we could eat more but our stomach were already full from eggplant salad, shrimp biryani and chicken tikka masala. Oh well, we can always come back and tried the garlic naan, tandoori , kabab etc!

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Having spent 18 days in states
Was nice to have a change to usual fare
And the curry hit the spot
Not as hot in uk standards , but great taste and would recommend to anyone

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terria
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing.
Ambience awesome. Loved that they offer traditional Indian seating!
Great service!
See you next month

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Likes the food and ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, fast and friendly service and a good price

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vipFrancesca
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I'm sorry to say it but this is a typical Indian restaurant in LA. >>> Dumbed down for americans. We asked for spicy and the food was bland. The tonic in the gin and tonic was the old stale kind at a cheap bar. The atmosphere is dark and the decor very uninteresting. Would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was preparing for a large party, which I didn’t know when I made my reservation. Since the main dining room was reserved, I took a table in the back—which is floor seating. The seats weren’t very comfortable and the carpet was dirty. The servers and staff were all preoccupied with prepping for the large party, so service was slow. I ordered tandoori chicken, rice, and garlic naan. The chicken was OK; the rice and naan were dry. When I asked for my check, it took more than 10 minutes to finally get it. I watched the server run about helping the large party, which had just arrived. Getting out of the restaurant was a bit tight, as the large party filled the front room and the space itself was not ideal for moving about with so many people and a buffet set up. There were guests crowded into the entryway, waiting to be seated. It felt as though the restaurant should’ve closed to accommodate such a large party, rather than other guests being impacted by the slow service and low quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time at Electric Karma. The ambiance was great - it was romantic, intimate, and cozy, but it also had a festive vibe. The food was good - I would definitely recommend the chicken tikka masala, as it had a sweetness in the sauce that was delicious. Some of the other dishes lacked a little bit of flavor, it all together, it was great. We liked the combo platters - a good amount of food for a fair price. We especially liked the chutneys/sauces with the samosas.

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Franck
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was a little disappointed. I ordered a chicken Korma and was served a chicken Mango korma. They took the dish back to the kitchen and returned with supposedly a chicken Korma. Strangely all I could taste was Mango...

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luvfoodalways
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The owner was very courteous and there's a nice ambiance; however it was the owner who admitted, when we asked, that he forgot to ask us for the spice level of our dishes. We ordered lamb vindaloo and chicken curry. The dishes may have been better perhaps if we were consulted & informed about what level of heat we prefer. Our dishes ended up being VERY bland as no level of heat was added of course. The value was NOT there for the lamb vindaloo. There were at best 6 pieces of actual meat (amd the pieces were not good sized) and there were chunks of boiled potato in the dish. Since I don't eat lamb often I was looking forward to actually eating lamb, but felt cheated. Finally, the garlic naan was not garlicky and not very tasty. Plain. Hopefully other people have better luck with this place. We will not be back.

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vipGoog
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely neighborhoody Indian. Very attentive service and delicious food. We had one person who couldn't tolerate hot spice and they were very accommodating. The food is always good and made with very fresh ingredients.

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vipBrianR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian restaurant in LA. I’m sure I’ve reviewed before. We always go there.

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You can order delivery directly from Electric Karma using the Order Online button. Electric Karma also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Electric Karma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 653-2121.

Electric Karma is rated 4.5 stars by 272 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.